Tag Archive: Rimmel


Well, technically it’s the laptop version, since I’m posting from the Macbook tonight. 🙂

Earlier I posted a quick, fun pic of today’s Pink Wednesday Mani. This is the first week I have done Pink Wednesday, and lemme tell ya, I agonized over what to do for this Mani.  I have an entire drawer full of pink! I settled on Rimmel’s Pink Zinfandel since it’s relatively new, and I love that even though it’s a metallic shimmer, it’s not a bright, bubble gum pink. It’s a gorgeous dusky rose color, a perfect pink for fall!

I love Rimmel’s polishes, and Pink Zinfandel did not disappoint. As with many metallic polishes, it was a bit streaky on the first coat, but quickly evened out on the second. Since I was working with a Ruffian design, and used Pink Zinfandel as my top color, I did have to use pretty heavy coats to get the color even and completely opaque.  It wasn’t opaque enough to cover the tips, so I didnt wrap them well (had a little shrinkage this morning as you can see in the first 2 pics) but I had wrapped them in my other color choice anyway, which gave it an interesting effect.  Almost as if the pink was just laying on the grey. This polish also has a ton of shimmer! I’ll be using this color again!

I paired the Pink Zinfandel with China Glaze Black Diamond, a dark grey with what appears to be silver shimmer, but if you look very closely it has some green and red in there as well. This is one of my go to colors for fall this year, being one of those greys that seems to go with almost anything.  Formula was a little on the thin side, but thickened up a bit on the second coat. It does take 2 coats to reach opacity, but I use 2 coats of color as a general rule anyway.

I added some chunky glitter mixed with Sally Hansen Strobe Light at the pink/grey border to give it some flair and added sparkle, using the glitter in a gradient style to about halfway up the nail.  I really like the way this came out, save for the streaking from glitter polish. My son woke up mid mani and my glitter dried before I could manage to blend it with my top coat. Oops! Still wearable though!

Here are a few more pics of Pink Zinfandel over Black Diamond:

 

Blurred a bit to show sparklies!

Happy Polishing!

-Kimber

 

 

 

Just wanted to show you guys today’s Mani real quick. This is done with Rimmel Pink Zinfandel over China Glaze Black Diamond with some chunky glitter in a kind of gradient pattern at the pink/grey border. I love the Mani, but the pink refused to cover at the tips despite being opaque on the nail plate, and the chunky pieces of glitter left some streaking that even my top coat (Essie Good to Go) couldn’t smooth out. Thankfully you can only see the flaws really really close up!

Here’s a fun effect pic for ya! I’ll write a proper post this afternoon, along with my very long HG post and my first Faux-nadicure!

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Last week I came across Confetti’s Masquerade Ball, a beautiful sparkly deep red shimmer in a black base.  This is one of those colors that I just could not wait to get on my nails!  (Pardon the horrible pics of this one, somehow my HD setting on my camera ended up turned off)

I wish my settings had been correct before I removed this color!

The formula was wonderful, my only complaint is that confetti polishes are known to have wonky brushes, and this was no exception.  I added a rhinestone sticker on my ring finger, but this was my last Seche Vite mani, and the shrinkage caused the sticker to shrink up! I ended up removing this polish after only a day. But I really love this color and wanted to wear it again ASAP. I even went to pick up a spare bottle! Luck was not on my side, though. CVS had sold out of Masquerade Ball.

On a seperate trip to Wally World, while perusing the Rimmel colors, I noticed a color called Red Lava. It looked suspiciously like Masquerade Ball. Same gorgeous red shimmer in a black base. So I picked it up, and brought it home. This one had an almost perfect formula, as well as the wide “pro” brush.

 

Now, both in sunlight. Masquerade Ball is first:

 

 

Now Red Lava:

 

and side by side on a color wheel: Masquerade Ball is on the left, Red Lava on the right (forgive my practice striping)

 

 

See it? Pretty much the same color!  What a fun find! They dont look exact in these pics since the lighting was different and my settings were off, but I assure you in person? An exact dupe!

Happy Polishing!

 

-Kimber

Playing with purple!

I finally parted with my Lubu Heels Mani. Normally when I have new colors to play with, I don’t keep a Mani for more than a day. Especially since I work in a field where I use my hands a ton, wash them a ton, and I have a 15 month old which means I’m going to chip my nails fast. Not with that Mani! After 48 hours I had 1 minor chip! And that had more to do with Seche Vite’s notorious shrinkage.

So today I decided to play with purple. I can’t go anywhere without picking up a new polish, and while out grocery shopping I came across Rimmel’s Wild Orchid. It’s a beautiful purple creme, like a dark lavender. It applied beautifully and was opaque in just 1 coat. I’m a serial 2 coater though, so this is shown with 2 coats. I could’ve easily worn this alone, but I recently acquired Busted by Pure Ice, a purpley pink glitter in a sheer purple base. I’ve also been dying to try sponging so I broke out my Rimmel Night Before and set to work!

This is Rimmel’s Wild Orchid on it’s own. Please forgive the lack of clean up and my poor, traumatized cuticles. I’m trying to let them come back to being healthy cuticles after a decade of nipping, cutting, biting, etc. So far it’s a long process. No matter what I use, they remain ragged and scary. Suggestions are welcome!

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Isn’t that a lovely color? My lighting sucked, but I assure you that for a drugstore brand it’s lovely! My only issue is the brush; I’m not used to that short, wide brush so I had to be extra careful during application. I did make a little mess, but I’ve done way worse with normal brushes!

After 2 coats of Wild Orchid (over my base coat, of course. I detest staining so a base coat is a must!), I sponged on some Night Before. Then I used the same color to darken the tips of my nails. When that was dry, I added a single coat of Pure Ice Busted to make it sparkle. Topped it all off with 2 coats of Seche Vite ( and waited for the shrinkage to appear so I could add another coat to fix that!). This is the final product. Not bad for a first attempt at sponging, but I have some ideas for a better gradient next time.

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The camera makes Night Before look more blue in this lighting, but its more of a deep purple with some shimmer. Think shimmery eggplant.

All in all I am pleased. Not too shabby since I’ve only been playing with things outside of straight polish for a few weeks. Practice makes perfect, right?

Enjoy your weekend and Happy Polishing!
-Kimber